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UBS and Contemporary Art
The UBS Art Collection is one of the most important corporate collections of contemporary art in the world. With over 30,000 artworks it represents emerging talents to some of the most important artists of the last 60 years. In addition to the UBS Art Collection, UBS has an extensive roster of contemporary art programs that include the firm's long-term support for the premier international Art Basel shows in Basel, Miami Beach and Hong Kong, for which UBS serves as global Lead Partner; the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; and a global exhibition tour of 'WOMEN: New Portraits,' an exhibition of newly commissioned photographs by renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz. These activities are complemented by partnerships with fine art institutions including the Fondation Beyeler in Switzerland, Galleria d'Arte Moderna in Milan, the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark, the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg and the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. UBS also provides its clients with insight into the contemporary art world through the free art news app UBS Planet Art, collaborations with the Swiss Institute, and the online resource Artsy, as well as through the UBS Art Competence Center and UBS Arts Forum. For more information about UBS's commitment to contemporary art, visit ubs.com/art.
Artist Talks, hosted by Fondation Beyeler and UBS
Artist Talks is a new, internationally oriented programme of the Fondation Beyeler organized with the support of UBS. The series features an open, dynamic format, ranging from classic presentations by artists to moderated conversations between artists and personalities from the art world. In addition to Basel, there are plans for Artist Talks to be co-hosted by local art institutions in major international cities. An extensive digital campaign based on videos and social media is a central element of the programme's communication with the wider public and can be accessed via the Fondation Beyeler's website fondationbeyeler.ch/en/artisttalks.
The Fondation Beyeler is a museum of modern and contemporary art founded in 1997 by the art collectors and gallery owners Ernst and Hildy Beyeler. The collection includes over 300 post-Impressionist, Classical Modern, and contemporary works as well as ethnographic art from Africa, Alaska and Oceania. The museum building in the idyllic Berower Park was designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano. Over 6.5 million people from all over the world have visited the Fondation Beyeler since it opened and with between 300,000 and 400,000 visitors a year, it is the most visited art museum in Switzerland. It shows three to four temporary exhibitions a year that are devoted to pioneering artists or art movements, including Pablo Picasso, Paul Cézanne, Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Henri Matisse, Ferdinand Hodler, Max Ernst, Alberto Giacometti, Alexander Calder, and the Surrealists, as well as Gerhard Richter, Jeff Koons, Marlene Dumas, Richard Serra, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol. The Fondation Beyeler also offers an extensive programme of art education and events, with guided tours, workshops, concerts, readings and multilingual art historical publications. This year, the Fondation Beyeler revealed its plans for an extension project with the Swiss Architect Peter Zumthor. For more information, visit the museum's website fondationbeyeler.ch or follow it on social media: Facebook; Instagram; Twitter and YouTube.
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